Chairperson/Editor’s Message

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the September/October issue of our Newsletter.
It has been an exciting few weeks for us with the campaign towards the World Health Organization 73rd Assembly to towards endorsement of the Global Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders resolution. The Advocacy team continued with it work on developing a specific Advocacy toolkit to be used by all epilepsy stakeholder to ensure that there is systematic engagement with duty bearers. The Making Epilepsy a Health Priority in Africa project made strides in reaching putting up a situational analysis framework to be used to assess epilepsy status quo within Africa.
In this article we highlight high-level engagements done by IBE Africa in engaging a former Head of State to be part of our work as an Ambassador of IBE Africa. We also highlight her call for action towards the WHO 73rd Assembly to endorse the amended WHA 68.20 resolution. In the article we look at a life of a University student in Cameroon and her achievement and challenges Cameroon is facing to address epilepsy challenges. We also go back to basics and discuss the causes of epilepsy to help our readers and public on the Know Epilepsy section. In the next issue, we will visit Zambia where the Epilepsy Association of Zambia is part of the founding organizations forming the Zambia Non Communicable Diseases Alliance.
We want to recommit ourselves as IBE Africa to continue serving all people with epilepsy in raising awareness about epilepsy at international and local levels and also provide an opportunity for IBE Chapters to build their capacities in many strategic pillars of our work such as advocacy and political dialogue. We are looking forward to exciting stories in our next feature about continued work from our Chapters, Mt Kilimanjaro venture, the 50 million Steps Challenge, our webinars review and the strategic partnership with BAND foundation and new work in the offing.
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Zikomo !!!! Tatenda !!!! Asante !!!! Dankie !!!! Siyabonga !!!! Enkosi !!!! Obrigado !!! Merci !! Thank you !!! Webale !!!!